1. Application resources
  2. >
  3. cambridge
  4. >
  5. Subjects
  6. >
  7. Engineering

Engineering

A broad course that trains students across all the main engineering disciplines.​

Preparation

General Information

These links πŸ”— are good places to help for Engineering (recommended by current students). It is not necessary to look at them all so to help, we've explained why we think each resource is useful so you can decide if it's applicable for you. We've put a ⭐ next to links we think are particularly helpful.

Overview πŸ”— Cambridge's undergraduate Engineering course is different to most universities' in that the the course is general until 3rd year (or 2nd year in the case of Chemical Engineering). Instead of applying directly for the specialism they wish to follow, applicants apply for the Engineering Tripos.

Course Content πŸ”— 🌟 - The official Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED) advice for entry. It’s a comprehensive guide and a good place to start. It outlines the course structure and entry requirements.

Best preparation before application

I want to study engineering πŸ”— 🌟 A website with over 200 problems to help you compete for engineering places at top universities. All problems come with hints and a video of the fully worked solution.

Hegartymaths πŸ”— A YouTube channel covering most A-Level Maths syllabi.

Cambridge University Engineering Society (CUES) πŸ”— The official website of the university's student led engineering society.

Diversity in Engineering πŸ”— A website highlighting the Department’s diversity initiatives.

STEMettes πŸ”— 🌟 An organisation that supports and promotes girls and women going into STEM. They run regular events such as hackathons (with free FOOD) and a mentoring programme.

Pre Uni reading list πŸ”— A recommended reading list by the University of Cambridge for people interested in finding out more about engineering.

Data Camp, Code Academy πŸ”— Websites that have a lot of resources to teach yourself how to code.

The Further Maths Support Programme πŸ”— A website with resources specifically to support people study the Further Maths A-Level content outside of school.

Isaac Physics πŸ”— 🌟 A website with Physics questions to help improve your application of GCSE and A-Level concepts.

Tomorrows engineers πŸ”— A website aimed at inspiring the next generation of engineers.

A day in the life πŸ”— Videos that shows a day-in-life of Cambridge Engineers

British Physics Olympiad πŸ”— The past paper questions here are really great to practise applying you A-Level content.

Application and Interviews

Application

Personal Statement πŸ”— Few example personal statements - not to be taken as gospel, but a useful way to get an idea of what to write

Entry Requirements πŸ”— Refer to the admission assessment section in this page.

IET πŸ”— , IMeche πŸ”—, ICE πŸ”—, IEEE πŸ”—, RAE πŸ”— The engineering institutions websites are filled with information about engineering such as lectures, outreach programmes etc.

Interviews

Read interviews about Engineering.

Graph Sketching πŸ”— Some colleges ask graph sketching questions. Here is a useful resource to practice.

Interview πŸ”— Example Cambridge Engineering Interview at Trinity college

Interview Question πŸ”— Another video which goes through an interview question

Colleges

Official College Websites

Each college has its own interview format so it’s worth looking at the page of the college you want to apply to. Some college information pages are detailed and included practice resources (e.g. previous tests) while others don’t have much information. It’s worth looking through pages of some colleges (specifically Kings’ and Christs) even if you aren’t applying there because they have useful general information.

Christ’s πŸ”— 🌟 – Good amount of detail. Outlines the course, fellows, admissions expectation and the interview format. Also has some useful links to free, online maths practice.

Churchill πŸ”— – Outlines the course, the college’s engineering history and department requirements. Little information given about the interview process.

Clare πŸ”— – A tiny bit of information about the course, fellows, and interview format.

Corpus πŸ”— – Not much information. The page mentions fellows but not much about interview procedure.

Downing πŸ”— – Brief explanation about the college, the engineering directors of studies, and the interview process. The main Downing β€˜Preparing for you Interview’ page is useful.

Emmanuel πŸ”— – A short description of the course and bit about what Emma expects from applicants. It also outlines the Emma interview format.

Fitzwilliam πŸ”— – A comprehensive guide about the college, interview expectations, and the fellows.

Girton πŸ”— – Covers the fellows, interest and career paths of previous students, and interview requirements.

Gonville and Caius πŸ”— – Predominately a course overview but also has a section dedicated to fellows and the admissions information.

Homerton πŸ”— – Not that much information but briefly lists fellows and application requirements.

Jesus πŸ”— – Contains application information, description of the fellows and one student perspective.

Kings’ πŸ”— 🌟 – One of the more detailed pages containing student perspectives, information about the fellows and requirement information (good!).

Magdalene πŸ”— – A detailed section about engineering at Magdalene, the fellows, the admissions process and one student perspective.

Murray Edwards πŸ”— – Has a general course overview, explains a little about the college and it’s fellows.

Newnham πŸ”— – Covers the college’s fellows, teaching format and interview expectations. The rest of the information is more general and about the course structure.

Pembroke πŸ”— – Offers a overview of the engineering lifestyle, a general description of the interview and lists the college fellows.

Peterhouse πŸ”— – A small section about the course, the college and a detailed description of the interview format and expectations.

Queens’ πŸ”— – One of the longer college pages. Explains engineering at Queens’, the fellows, interview format and how to deal with a gap year.

Robinson πŸ”— – Outlines fellows, requirements and outlines the interview process. Not that much information.

St Catharine’s πŸ”— – Fairly generic information about the course, requirements (further details are sent in advance of an interview) and a list of the fellows.

St John’s πŸ”— – Overviews the course, the fellows and then some brief information on the interview process.

Selwyn πŸ”— – A one-page PDF document (2017) that lists the fellows, interview format and advice about gap years. The rest of the information is generic.

Sidney Sussex πŸ”— – Describes the college fellows but the rest of the page is pretty generic. It goes through the requirements but only has a few lines about the interview.

Trinity πŸ”— – Contains basic information about the fellows, admission standards and a sample maths test.

Trinity Hall πŸ”— – Pretty generic information. It has descriptions about the fellows but no advice about interviews.

Image credit: Gonville and Caius by Akil Hashmi